New York Times Op-Ed: Women Had Better Sex Under Socialism
On Sunday, the New York Times ran an op-ed on why women had “better sex” under Socialism.
The New York Times reports:
A comparative sociological study of East and West Germans conducted after reunification in 1990 found that Eastern women had twice as many orgasms as Western women. Researchers marveled at this disparity in reported sexual satisfaction, especially since East German women suffered from the notorious double burden of formal employment and housework. In contrast, postwar West German women had stayed home and enjoyed all the labor-saving devices produced by the roaring capitalist economy. But they had less sex, and less satisfying sex, than women who had to line up for toilet paper.
The New York Times interviewed Ana Durcheva a 65-year-old Bulgarian to romanticize Socialism.
Per the New York Times:
Consider Ana Durcheva from Bulgaria, who was 65 when I first met her in 2011. Having lived her first 43 years under Communism, she often complained that the new free market hindered Bulgarians’ ability to develop healthy amorous relationships.
“Sure, some things were bad during that time, but my life was full of romance,” she said. “After my divorce, I had my job and my salary, and I didn’t need a man to support me. I could do as I pleased.”
Ms. Durcheva was a single mother for many years, but she insisted that her life before 1989 was more gratifying than the stressful existence of her daughter, who was born in the late 1970s.
“All she does is work and work,” Ms. Durcheva told me in 2013, “and when she comes home at night she is too tired to be with her husband. But it doesn’t matter, because he is tired, too. They sit together in front of the television like zombies. When I was her age, we had much more fun.”
The Times then offers the viewpoint of “married 30-something” Daniela Gruber on why things were “easy for women before the Wall fell” in Germany.
New York Times reports:
Last year in Jena, a university town in the former East Germany, I spoke with a recently married 30-something named Daniela Gruber. Her own mother — born and raised under the Communist system — was putting pressure on Ms. Gruber to have a baby.
“She doesn’t understand how much harder it is now — it was so easy for women before the Wall fell,” she told me, referring to the dismantling of the Berlin Wall in 1989. “They had kindergartens and crèches, and they could take maternity leave and have their jobs held for them. I work contract to contract, and don’t have time to get pregnant.”
This generational divide between daughters and mothers who reached adulthood on either side of 1989 supports the idea that women had more fulfilling lives during the Communist era. And they owed this quality of life, in part, to the fact that these regimes saw women’s emancipation as central to advanced “scientific socialist” societies, as they saw themselves.
Not once does the piece attempt to provide context to the horrors of Socialism in relation to where sex ranks to everyday people living under it. It’s not a stretch to believe millions of Venezuelans struggling due to Socialism would opt for less sex in exchange for rule of law and economic opportunity. Many Venezuelans can’t afford a role of toilet paper. It’s hard to imagine they’re seeking refuge in the fact that pesky Capitalism is set aside so they can have more sex.
Recently, the Venezuelan government ordered bakeries to ONLY sell bread to regime supporters.
Venezuelan blogger Daniel Duquenal reported:
The regime is forcing bakeries to sell bread ONLY to those supporting it. This is getting worse than apartheid. https://t.co/hPVucOOrvl
— daniel duquenal (@danielduquenal) May 20, 2017
What’s most troubling about the New York Times piece is U.S. colleges students appear to favor Socialism heavily — for no apparent reason.
Today, if you’re a college student in America, the ‘in thing’ to believe in is socialism. With college campuses leaning more to the left than ever, it’s become the de-facto political ideology of choice. But there’s just one problem — they have no clue what socialism is.
Campus Reform reported:
While it’s clear that young people increasingly view socialism in a positive light, it’s also clear that many of them are uneducated about what it entails, or the impact it’s had throughout history.
The same poll found many millennials are unfamiliar with historical figures often associated with socialism, such as Che Guevara, Joseph Stalin, and Karl Marx.
Wanting to see what millennials in D.C. thought of socialism, Campus Reform headed to Washington, D.C. to ask students two simple questions: “Do you like socialism?” and “What is socialism?”
It quickly became clear that while most of the people we spoke with held an idyllic view of socialism, most had little idea of what it actually is.
One student said of socialism, “I think people throw that word around to try and scare you, but if helping people is socialism, than I’m for it.”